MINNA – The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday said it was collaborating with the Niger chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on livestock training.
The training would entail the training of 74 farmers from the 25 local government areas in the state on modern techniques of rearing sheep and goat.
Dr Ladan Suleiman, a Veterinary Officer with the North Central Regional office of the ministry, disclosed this at a one-day sensitisation workshop in Minna.
“We are targeting 200 sheep and goat farmers in the state to benefit from the programme this year,’’ he said.
Suleiman said that the federal and state governments would subsidise the farmers’ inputs with N1.1 million each.
He said that the trained farmers would be expected to train other farmers in the areas for continuity.
He said the workshop would enable the farmers fatten sheep and goat in order to make brisk business during the next Sallah.
Earlier, Malam Mohammed Garba, the state Secretary of AFAN, said the ministry called on the association to partner it to ensure the success of the programme.
“We have learnt new ways of rearing sheep and goat for more financial benefit. The workshop will help us increase our livestock and make more money,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Hajiya Amina Abdulahi, a participant from Bida local government area, appealed to the state and federal governments to initiate more of such programmes to encourage livestock farmers. (NAN)